The people of Osaka seem a bit more laid back than the people of Tokyo. From what I’ve read, Osaka is known to have a rivalry with Tokyo as most second cities do. They however have been credited with having more soul. The people certainly are more helpful and a little more friendly. We got a lot of bows and ‘Arigatou gozaimasu’ which is a formal way of saying thank you. I always felt that I was not bowing properly. The Japanese have such a lovely and elegant way of bowing from the waist. I felt that my bowing was shallow and more like nodding from the neck. After visiting Japan and then returning home, I felt that Singaporeans are not as reserved as I thought they were and seem generally more open. Maybe it is also due to the language barrier as not many Japanese speak English although I encountered more English speaking Japanese in Osaka then in Tokyo which I visited about 9 years ago.
Like Tokyo, Osaka has it’s share of fashionistas. Japanese women are generally skinny and pretty. I am glad I don’t live there and have to agonize over what to wear and how nothing fits.
A lady in an elegant kimono. I didn’t see any young people in kimonos in the city, and I only spotted two ladies in their 50’s dressed in traditional attire.
High heels boots are big among the young ladies. All I could think was ouch as I saw them tottering briskly in them. Also as I expected, most Japanese women are positively skinny. I wonder how they resist all that great food. It’s highly demoralizing as a size XL in Japan for instance is probably equivalent to a size M in the US.
Black tights under shorts or mini skirts were common as well.
80’s style bunched up leggings were also in fashion.
Hair is often coloured brown, blonde or red.